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Administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.

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Currently Employed: 225

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $19.62 - $42.00

Typical Annual Salary: $40,800 - $87,400

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Typical education needed for entry: Master's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Plan and organize the acquisition, storage, and exhibition of collections and related materials, including the selection of exhibition themes and designs, and develop or install exhibit materials.
  • Write and review grant proposals, journal articles, institutional reports, and publicity materials.
  • Plan and conduct special research projects in area of interest or expertise.
  • Confer with the board of directors to formulate and interpret policies, to determine budget requirements, and to plan overall operations.
  • Study, examine, and test acquisitions to authenticate their origin, composition, history, and to assess their current value.
  • Develop and maintain an institution's registration, cataloging, and basic recordkeeping systems, using computer databases.
  • Train and supervise curatorial, fiscal, technical, research, and clerical staff, as well as volunteers or interns.
  • Negotiate and authorize purchase, sale, exchange, or loan of collections.
  • Provide information from the institution's holdings to other curators and to the public.
  • Attend meetings, conventions, and civic events to promote use of institution's services, to seek financing, and to maintain community alliances.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Hammers
  • Levels
  • Scanners
  • Screwdrivers
  • Utility knives

Technology:
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Project management software
  • Word processing software

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